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March 21, 2014

Who Blinked? EAA, FAA Reach Agreement On AirVenture ATC Costs

Nine-Year Deal Brings Stability, Eliminates Possibility Of Another '2013 Surprise'

EAA and the FAA have signed two agreements - a Settlement Agreement and a nine-year Reimbursable Agreement - that provide EAA with assurance of air traffic control services on a consistent basis through 2022 for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh convention.

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Airborne 03.21.14: EAA v FAA--The Latest, Wright Factory, GAMA Praises EASA, New Hartzell

Also: Gogo Update, MH370 and the Insta-Pundits, Oshkosh 2014 Stringers, Solar Plant May Be Aero-Hazard

In some breaking news that reached us AFTER Airborne was scripted, we have learned that EAA and FAA have reached a settlement overt FAA fees for AirVenture that will offer some relief and stability for the next nine years. A few months ago we covered the story about the plan in Dayton, Ohio to preserve two of the Wright Brothers original factory buildings. The Wright Company buildings stand on a 20-acre historic parcel that’s part of the 54-acre, former Delphi auto parts manufacturing plant. We now have good news on the progress of this project. The FAA rules for pilot certification may seem complicated, but when compared to the European rules for certification, the FAA l

Senator Cornyn, Texas House Members To Attend GA Jobs Rally

Representatives From Several Companies Are Expected To Speak

GAMA will hold a rally celebrating general aviation’s (GA) contributions to the economy on March 28 at Bombardier’s Dallas Service Center at Dallas Love Field in Dallas, Texas. U.S. Senator John Cornyn and U.S. Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson, Sam Johnson, Pete Sessions, and Marc Veasey will be the featured speakers.

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Wagstaff To Serve As AOPA Ambassador

Will Share Love Of Flying At AOPA Events Around The Country

A legendary airshow pilot will serve as an “AOPA Ambassador,” the Association announced Wednesday.

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MIT Seeks Pilot Input On ADS-B, Weather Services

Survey Will Gather Data On How GA Uses The Technology

A team of researchers at MIT's International Center for Air Transportation is looking for input from GA pilots for its new study of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) traffic and weather services to determine how pilots value and use them.

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NASA Centers Team Up To Tackle Sonic Boom

Engineers Working At Four Centers To Overcome The Problem

Since the Concorde’s final landing at London’s Heathrow Airport nearly a decade ago, commercial supersonic air travel has been as elusive as a piece of lost luggage. However, this hasn’t stopped NASA from continuing the quest to develop solutions that will help get supersonic passenger travel off the ground once more. And, while aerospace engineers have made significant progress in their understanding of supersonic flight, one significant challenge remains: the loud sonic boom. 

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Airbus' A320 MSN001 Flight-Test Aircraft Conducts Latest 'i4d' Flight Trials

Demonstrating Environmental Gains, As Well As Increased Flight Predictability And Overall ATM Efficiency In Europe

Following on from flight trials in 2012, Airbus’ A320 ‘MSN001’ flight-test aircraft has undertaken the second “initial 4D” (i4D) trajectory flight trial as part of a joint project with its members in the EU-funded Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking (SJU).

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FAA Weighs In On Planned Fargo Skyscraper

Agency Says Potentially 312-Foot Tall Structure Is A 'Presumed Hazard' To Air Traffic

Developers planning to build a skyscraper in Fargo, ND will have to convince the Fargo City Council that the building is not a hazard to air traffic.

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First Italian AF AW101 Makes Its Maiden Flight

Aircraft One Of Two To Be Delivered In Late 2014

The first AW101 for the Italian Air Force, designated the HH-101A “CAESAR”, made its maiden flight at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility in the UK Wednesday at the presence of the Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Pasquale Preziosa, the Italian Ambassador Domenico Terracciano, the Director of ARMAEREO Lt. General Domenico Esposito, the 2 Group RAF Air Officer Commander Air Vice Marshal Sean Reynolds and other representatives and dignitaries from military services and public authorities.

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Lockheed Martin Researchers Achieve Breakthrough In Robotics For Space

Paves The Way For Future Deep Space Missions

In a breakthrough that will help make it possible for astronauts and robots to work together in deep space, researchers at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center (ATC), working with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station, have demonstrated coordinated control of robots in space by astronauts in space and operators on the ground.

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FAA Grants STC To Gogo For A330 Ku-Satellite Connectivity Service

Second STC For The Company For Delta Airliners

The FAA has granted an STC to Gogo to install its Ku-band satellite equipment on Airbus A330 aircraft.  This is Gogo's second STC for its Ku-band satellite service on Delta; Gogo previously received FAA certification to install its Ku-band equipment on Boeing 747-400 aircraft. 

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London Gatwick Seeking Public Input On Its Second Runway Options

Six-Week Consultation And Public Exhibitions Will Begin On April 4th, 2014

In its Interim Report published in December 2013, the Government’s independent Airports Commission included London Gatwick on its shortlist of potential locations for the next runway in the UK. Gatwick recognizes that its local communities will have many questions about what a second runway at Gatwick would mean for them, and is inviting them to participate in a six week public consultation starting on April 4th .

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Salian Airport Authority Selects Jviation For Taxiway Project

Contractor Will Design Improvements To Two Taxiways

The Salina Airport Authority announced the selection of Jviation, a planning design, and construction administration firm, to design scheduled improvements to Taxiways Bravo and Echo.

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Aero-TV: Appareo Vision 1000 -- Flight Data Collection For Legacy Aircraft

Appareo Can Provide An Eye In The Sky For Critical Air Ops

While at the 2013 NBAA conference, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell met with Derek Aslakson, the program manager for Appareo Systems. Appaero has developed a system that records aircraft performance data and crew performance at the same time. It consists of a data recorder and a video camera mounted in the cockpit.

Aero-TV: Appareo Vision 1000 -- Flight Data Collection For Legacy Aircraft

Appareo Can Provide An Eye In The Sky For Critical Air Ops

While at the 2013 NBAA conference, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell met with Derek Aslakson, the program manager for Appareo Systems. Appaero has developed a system that records aircraft performance data and crew performance at the same time. It consists of a data recorder and a video camera mounted in the cockpit. Aslakson said the systems are being widely used in the air medical transport industry and in flight training.

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Ohio Capital Budget Includes Funds For Historic Wright Brothers Factory

Boosts Efforts To Preserve The Buildings For Use By The National Parks Service

Efforts to secure and restore the historic Wright brothers’ airplane factory have taken an important step forward with the inclusion of funding in Ohio’s capital budget bill. The budget bill for fiscal years 2015 and 2016 includes $250,000 to acquire and secure the two Wright Company buildings for eventual use by the National Park Service. Ohio Gov. John Kasich introduced the bill Tuesday to the state legislature.

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Boeing Phantom Swift Selected For DARPA X-Plane Competition

Innovative Design Features Fans In Fuselage And Wingtips To Aid Lift And Control

Phantom Swift, a prototype Boeing initially built in less than a month, has been accepted to be part of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) X-plane program. DARPA is trying to mature a new aircraft configuration capable of both efficient hover and high-speed cruise.

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Klyde Morris 03.21.14

They May Say Nothing, Klyde, But They Say It So Eloquently...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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FreeFlight Systems Wins Approved Model List Certification For RANGR 978-XVR

Rule-Compliant ADS-B Transceiver Integrates ADS-B In/Out & WAAS/GPS Capabilities

The FAA has issued Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and Approved Model List (AML) approval to FreeFlight Systems for the RANGR FDL-978-XVR ADS-B In/Out Universal Access Transceiver (UAT).

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US Navy's P-8A Poseidon Arrives In Australia

Assisting In Search For MH370

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft completed its transition from Kuala Lumpur to Perth March 18 to continue the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.

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Comair Places $210 M LEAP-1B Engine Order

Will Hang The Engines On Its Newly-Ordered 737 MAX Airplanes

South Africa’s private domestic airline operator, JSE-listed Comair Limited, today announced an order for LEAP-1B engines to power eight Boeing 737 MAX 8s, making Comair the first African airline operator to order the new 737 MAX.

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Airman Missing From Vietnam War Accounted For

To Be Buried Friday At Arlington National Cemetery

The remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, were recently accounted for and will be buried in a group burial ceremony, according to The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.21.14)

“This is one small step toward opening the Wright Company factory to the public as a unit of Dayton’s national park, but it’s a giant leap in terms of gaining recognition for the importance of this project.” Source: Tony Sculimbrene, executive director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.21.14): Terminal Instrument Approach Procedure (TERP)

Prescribes standardized methods for use in designing instrument flight procedures.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.21.14)

Eighth Air Force Historical Society

The Eighth Air Force Historical Society was created in 1975 to preserve the legacy of the "Mighty Eighth", and the part it played in American history during WW2.

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